The Future of Scholarly Societies: Interviews with Society Leaders (Part 1)

In this first of two posts, Robert Harington talks with several forward-thinking Society Executive Directors/CEOs, representing a range of fields, on the future of scholarly society operations and strategy.

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Revisiting — Additive, Substitutive, Subtractive: Strategic Scenarios for Publishers in an OA World

Revisiting a 2008 post noting that while it is often argued that open access will reduce the overall cost of scholarly communications, this article proposed that OA will be additive to the size of the current market.

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The State of the Version of Record

The “version of record” is an organizing concept in scholarly publishing. It is by referent to that version that others are understood and it is the object of financial models, policies, and recognition and reward systems.

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Opening The Book: SSP Charleston Pre-Conference Video Now Available

The SSP’s Charleston Pre-Conference Session looked at key issues and challenges in OA monograph publishing as well as how best to evaluate new OA book models and their potential ROI.

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Guest Post — Does Open Access Cannibalize Print Sales for Monographs?

John Sherer describes a new research project which will look at the impact of open access on print monograph sales, particularly in light of the free access provided early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Guest Post — Corporate Strategy and Program Management: The Key to Navigating Disruption

Laura Martin and Rashmi Verma take a look at how organizations handle change and disruption through strategic planning and structured execution.

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The Other Diversity in Scholarly Publishing

After becoming a Scholarly Kitchen Chef back in July 2019, I have never stopped being amazed by the numerous dynamic issues and developments that scholarly publishing is dealing with. As a biologist by training, ‘diversity’ is the word that comes to mind.

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Elsevier’s ScienceDirect as Content Supercontinent? 

Does today’s news of Wiley etc. syndicating to ScienceDirect mean Elsevier is developing a supercontinent to compete with ResearchGate and Google Scholar? 

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Life in a Liminal Space; Or, The Journey Shapes the Destination

A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next’. It is a period of transition, uncertainty, and multiple paths forward. The first wave of an open access transition is upon us, driven by the APC model, moving us to favor quantity over quality, and resulting in massive consolidation in many areas of the market. What comes next?

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Guest Post – Perspectives on a “Unified Approach” to the Future of Open Access  

There is value in exploring the concept of different perspectives on open access in order to begin to develop a “unified approach to open”.

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Make Way for the Metaverse

This is where innovation happens, not among the gods on Mount Olympus but in small, tangible ways where people go about their lives and try to improve them a little bit at a time. We all work together, unknowingly, making things better, faster, cheaper.

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The Future State of Our Scholarly Publishing Vendors

When more and more societies move to commercial publisher partnerships, what happens to the vendor landscape? Angela Cochran looks at the current status and future implications.

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Market Consolidation and the Demise of the Independently Publishing Research Society

The last few years have been a period of rapid market consolidation in scholarly publishing. Here, a look at the ongoing demise of the independent research society publisher, as more and more continue to sign on with larger publishing partners.

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Our Societies, Journals, and the Narrative of Accessibility and Equity in Open Research

What can research societies do to improve accessibility and equity in Open Research? Haseeb Irfanullah suggests ways we can transform our outlook and efforts.

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